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  Topic: Genuine G400C
trackpete

Replies: 481
Views: 64290

PostForum: G400C Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:15 pm   Subject: Genuine G400C
I pinged Genuine about maybe getting access to one of these for a road trip and was told they're delayed until next year at the earliest. Alas!
  Topic: Scooters Go Green ROCKS!
trackpete

Replies: 3
Views: 1358

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:50 am   Subject: Scooters Go Green ROCKS!
They were my first stop after "breaking in" my scooter by riding from Washington DC to Boston non-stop - were totally great, did it all for free and even gave me some oil and spare plugs for ...
  Topic: New Rattler... In the shop. All fixed!... now what?
trackpete

Replies: 38
Views: 3024

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue May 31, 2011 7:39 pm   Subject: Re: New Rattler... In the shop.
1 week old, 90 miles on the odo, leaking gear oil... 1st a dime size drop on the floor, then a nickle, now a quarter.

FWIW, my first Rattler exploded after 500 miles - bad luck or bad build. My s ...
  Topic: What just happened?
trackpete

Replies: 22
Views: 2838

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue May 31, 2011 7:31 pm   Subject: What just happened?
Soft seize is likely, I'd check the compression if you're really paranoid.

Here's another really weird possibility that happened to me on my trip to Alaska:

I got some really bad gas in a suspec ...
  Topic: Cold Weather Gear
trackpete

Replies: 12
Views: 1500

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:41 pm   Subject: Cold Weather Gear
I already have one of those, I came with it from the factory!
  Topic: Rattler 110
trackpete

Replies: 15
Views: 5046

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:57 pm   Subject: Rattler 110
I think there are a lot of new ones around if you look.

Also, if you have a mechanic hookup or can do it yourself, an entire engine rebuild is pretty darn cheap. I wouldn't worry too much about pri ...
  Topic: Helmet Hair Solutions?
trackpete

Replies: 65
Views: 9615

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:54 pm   Subject: Helmet Hair Solutions?
What about a skull cap or bandanna before the helmet? Might work.

This. One of the biggest causes of helmet hair is which direction your hair is facing when you put the helmet on - if it's "ag ...
  Topic: Los angeles to houston route tips
trackpete

Replies: 52
Views: 5512

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:49 pm   Subject: Los angeles to houston route tips
The trick for a trip like this is to stay on small local state roads (and yeah, bring gas). Most of the roads I've ridden on in those areas are pretty devoid of traffic if you stick to the two lane bl ...
  Topic: When to use the front brake?
trackpete

Replies: 27
Views: 3005

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:44 pm   Subject: When to use the front brake?
Yes, always use the front brake - it should do the brunt of the stopping (there's a reason why they are more powerful). There are almost no situations to use only the back brake (pretty much limited t ...
  Topic: Gas prices. And so it begins..
trackpete

Replies: 178
Views: 9444

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:41 pm   Subject: Gas prices. And so it begins..
I was surprised to see prices in the $5-7/gallon range down here in Peru, much more expensive than last year. I've heard prices have gone up similarly in a lot of the local area and some adventure rid ...
  Topic: Buddy sissybar?
trackpete

Replies: 23
Views: 3154

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:39 am   Subject: Buddy sissybar?
Two good quality cinch straps should let you lock it down to the seat horizontally pretty easy without much worries and would be my recommendation.

Granted my VMAX is a little bit bigger than a Bud ...
  Topic: [NBR] Great Bag Buy - Tactical Bail Out Gear Bag $19
trackpete

Replies: 85
Views: 9640

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:07 pm   Subject: [NBR] Great Bag Buy - Tactical Bail Out Gear Bag $19
Haha, so true. I actually spent a good ten minutes dismantling it when I got it because I was convinced there must be some lead plate hiding inside it for stiffness or something.

I think I am just ...
  Topic: [NBR] Great Bag Buy - Tactical Bail Out Gear Bag $19
trackpete

Replies: 85
Views: 9640

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:18 pm   Subject: [NBR] Great Bag Buy - Tactical Bail Out Gear Bag $19
I picked up one of these off the last big thread about it for my ride around South America, to stash tools and misc equipment in (sucks digging around in a huge bag). It's amazing how much stuff fits ...
  Topic: DC - Metro Pylon-to-Pylon Challenge!
trackpete

Replies: 6
Views: 975

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:35 pm   Subject: DC - Metro Pylon-to-Pylon Challenge!
Haha, well done! I've been in the DMV area for five years and have probably only been to 2/3 of the metro stations. When looking through your pictures it's funny how many of the spots are in my memory ...
  Topic: Has your motor ever gone out spontaneously while riding?
trackpete

Replies: 7
Views: 1097

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:28 pm   Subject: Has your motor ever gone out spontaneously while riding?
As Eric said, if it's not vapor lock, check your plugs as well. Almost every time mine died like that while on the move it was the first sign my plug was shot (if I didn't change it, it would get more ...
  Topic: Waiting for traffic turn signal, anyone?
trackpete

Replies: 10
Views: 1342

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:04 pm   Subject: Waiting for traffic turn signal, anyone?
It's a universal issue, the most common sensors are inductance/electromagnetic sensors and some of the sensors seem to be calibrated such that they won't trigger at the small increase in inductance ca ...
  Topic: International Motorcycle Show in DC
trackpete

Replies: 14
Views: 1394

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:12 pm   Subject: International Motorcycle Show in DC
Who was the genius with the idea of a motorcyle show in January in DC? lol.

I'm tempted to go to check out the gear and see if I can maybe drum up some connections or sponsorship. Hrm hrm. Plus i ...
  Topic: How many miles do you have
trackpete

Replies: 11
Views: 4096

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:53 pm   Subject: How many miles do you have
I'm guessing that because the CVT keeps the engine rev'd pretty high, extended WOT seems to wreck scooter two-strokes much faster than geared two-strokes. Then again, in general it extended WOT is hor ...
  Topic: engine question
trackpete

Replies: 2
Views: 2812

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:49 pm   Subject: engine question
I believe on the Rattler it's just a couple bolts and you can swing the entire assembly down. An experienced mechanic can do a top end rebuild in an hour or so, it's not too bad.

My Rat definitely ...
  Topic: Total Miles Ridden vs Driven
trackpete

Replies: 11
Views: 1059

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:10 pm   Subject: Total Miles Ridden vs Driven
In 2010, I put 17,000 miles on a scooter and 2,000 miles on an auto-rickshaw, vs... ~8,000 on a minivan (rental, road trip to Utah) in January and, um...

I think I drove a car twice the rest of t ...
  Topic: [NSR]Tron:Legacy
trackpete

Replies: 30
Views: 1233

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:07 pm   Subject: Re: [NSR]Tron:Legacy
So has anybody seen it? Is it worth the extra $$$ to see it in IMAX?

I saw it opening night, and it was my first "3D" movie as well. I was actually really impressed at some of the 3D scen ...
  Topic: Carrying Extra Gas
trackpete

Replies: 28
Views: 3858

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:41 pm   Subject: Carrying Extra Gas
Wish I had pics but I don't.
I've when needing to carry extra fuel, strapped two fuel bottles under my milk crate, one each side of the rack/fender. When looking directly from the rear it kinda lo ...
  Topic: Carrying Extra Gas
trackpete

Replies: 28
Views: 3858

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:31 am   Subject: Carrying Extra Gas
the other tip is TYING DOWN rather than bungee the fuel.

Bungees can definitely be tricky, it's easy to strap something down in a way where a certain direction of force can slip the tension. I've m ...
  Topic: Carrying Extra Gas
trackpete

Replies: 28
Views: 3858

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:17 am   Subject: Carrying Extra Gas
Is it safe to carry fuel bottles (which are made for fuel) in the pet carrier?

You will be dead from heat stroke long before gas ignites without an ignition source (ignition temp is around 500F I b ...
  Topic: [SR/NSR/ETC] Resolutions
trackpete

Replies: 31
Views: 2508

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:09 am   Subject: [SR/NSR/ETC] Resolutions
My New Year's Resolution is to raise at least $15,000 for charity* in 2011. I picked this number because it's just under three times what I raised in 2010 and I really feel like I didn't try nearly ha ...
  Topic: Carrying Extra Gas
trackpete

Replies: 28
Views: 3858

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:59 pm   Subject: Carrying Extra Gas
You'll get two replies from these in the past:

1. If you want a "regular" reserve, something you can comfortably carry at all times, look into buying [url=http://www.rei.com/product/69524 ...
  Topic: scootering on snow.
trackpete

Replies: 15
Views: 1694

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:11 am   Subject: scootering on snow.
If you want to get really crazy, you can always make like the guys at [url=http://www.facebook.com/FritzRepair]Fritz Repair in Seattle or some of the guys at Genuine and modify a scoot with studded kn ...
  Topic: How Important are "Proper" Motorcycle Winter Glove
trackpete

Replies: 10
Views: 1487

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:00 am   Subject: How Important are "Proper" Motorcycle Winter Glove
I have weird shaped hands, very large palms combined with short stubby fingers. Most "motorcycle gloves" are uncomfortable for me because of the "claw" shape. I rarely wear gauntl ...
  Topic: scootering on snow.
trackpete

Replies: 15
Views: 1694

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:38 pm   Subject: scootering on snow.
The same advice that applies to anyone driving in snow: get proper tires. I know some guys that take new tires and screw bolts into them, but I'm not sure if there are proper snow style tires that wil ...
  Topic: More Paris Hilton, we do not see enough of her
trackpete

Replies: 55
Views: 7144

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:35 pm   Subject: More Paris Hilton, we do not see enough of her
I tried to bite my tongue but... I think she's more of a genius than most people give her credit for, and I respect what she's managed to build. She may have had her first five minutes of black & ...
  Topic: Any official word on 2011 Rattler 110s...?
trackpete

Replies: 7
Views: 988

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:12 pm   Subject: Any official word on 2011 Rattler 110s...?
My understanding is that there won't be a new Rattler, I don't think it sold very well. I've seen a number of dealers unloading 2009's for almost half of MSRP.
  Topic: Busted exhaust bolt...
trackpete

Replies: 13
Views: 3431

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:16 pm   Subject: Busted exhaust bolt...
The exhaust flange connects to the cylinder, not the head.

Yeah, just like I always say Sweden when I mean Switzerland I seem to always say cylinder head when I mean cylinder... the former has put ...
  Topic: Favorite Stickers or Decals on your Scoot
trackpete

Replies: 205
Views: 73821

PostForum: Scooter Gallery   Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:45 pm   Subject: Favorite Stickers or Decals on your Scoot
Two of my favorite stickers (my bike is also covered with signatures, pithy sayings, and a hundred days worth of mileage logging from my Alaska trip):
  Topic: Busted exhaust bolt...
trackpete

Replies: 13
Views: 3431

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:24 pm   Subject: Busted exhaust bolt...
I rode over 8k miles with just one bolt (couldn't find a replacement in the middle of nowhere), it was totally fine. I did need to tap on the exhaust every couple of days to make sure it was lined up ...
  Topic: holy moley! 1000!!!
trackpete

Replies: 8
Views: 1020

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:09 pm   Subject: holy moley! 1000!!!
Yes, scooting is amazing fun! If only it wasn't so damn cold out...
  Topic: I joined the club - The Crashed Club :-(
trackpete

Replies: 15
Views: 1223

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:07 pm   Subject: I joined the club - The Crashed Club :-(
I had a similar experience where a gentleman tried to turn left from the right lane of a three lane road without signalling on a yellow light as I was going straight in the left lane (on a sportbike). ...
  Topic: Tires
trackpete

Replies: 9
Views: 1259

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:37 pm   Subject: Tires
I'll throw in on the other side of this - I would definitely consider carrying a can of sealant (make sure it is appropriately sized for your tire) and a small pump in the pet carrier, especially if y ...
  Topic: Interesting places to visit
trackpete

Replies: 30
Views: 2303

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:37 pm   Subject: Interesting places to visit
I'm sure you could adapt.

For sure - I spent around six months in parts of Asia where we drove on the "wrong " side this year and it felt quite natural to drive on the wrong side within m ...
  Topic: Interesting places to visit
trackpete

Replies: 30
Views: 2303

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:02 pm   Subject: Interesting places to visit
I'm heading back to South America in February because I absolutely fell in love with so many places in Peru and Bolivia and can't wait to go back and see the rest. After that I'm still dying to head ...
  Topic: Used FF "Bunker Gear" for cold weather riding
trackpete

Replies: 20
Views: 1886

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:25 am   Subject: Used FF "Bunker Gear" for cold weather riding
That's a really interesting idea, especially considering the tear resistance as well (probably higher than most armored pants). In an initial check I'm not seeing much about the cold weatherness of t ...
  Topic: Tactical Bailout Bag: A Proper Review
trackpete

Replies: 125
Views: 23421

PostForum: Reviews   Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:12 pm   Subject: Tactical Bailout Bag: A Proper Review
It's weird how you can get used to a laptop screen if that's all you use. My main system for the last year has been a 13.3" laptop (1366x768) with a trackpad and it seems glorious (even though I' ...
  Topic: Help a Girl Out!
trackpete

Replies: 28
Views: 3095

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:54 pm   Subject: Help a Girl Out!
Just a word of warning, I've had a few pretty smart mechanics indicate that sea foam can damage crank seals in any quantity. Do be careful about only putting in a teensy weeny bit if you are actually ...
  Topic: I think I solved my range problems...
trackpete

Replies: 9
Views: 1671

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:19 pm   Subject: I think I solved my range problems...
Pete...3.8 gallons at 80 ish a gallon isn't enough for the Dawson? Hmmm....ok. Good to know.

I'm assuming that the Buddy will have the same issues as my Rattler and get *nowhere* near peak MPG when ...
  Topic: Cannonball 2012
trackpete

Replies: 38
Views: 3140

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:27 pm   Subject: Cannonball 2012
2012 is a long time ahead to start planning for, and the entire time investment doesn't look to be much more than two weeks. If you're at all interested, I would start laying the groundwork now so th ...
  Topic: First time post....but not a noob... :)
trackpete

Replies: 14
Views: 1342

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:24 am   Subject: Re: First time post....but not a noob... :)
Hey Milk! Cool choice, if I'm allowed to say so - low power is definitely an addictive way to travel. Hell yeah you should go for it!

Banff is totally amazing and a scooter is a great way to see i ...
  Topic: I think I solved my range problems...
trackpete

Replies: 9
Views: 1671

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:52 am   Subject: Re: I think I solved my range problems...
I'm going to put the 2.5 gallon one on my rear rack instead of a top case

In all seriousness... why bother? Is it an aesthetic issue? It just seems to me like a lot of effort (and cost) for very l ...
  Topic: Riding in the Rain
trackpete

Replies: 20
Views: 2077

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:54 pm   Subject: Riding in the Rain
The biggest thing for me is I always go slow and steady when the roads are wet. The roads are much slicker, and oil rises to the surface of the water as well during the first 10 minutes or so of rain ...
  Topic: Looking for a droid app
trackpete

Replies: 5
Views: 904

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:39 pm   Subject: Looking for a droid app
I am assuming you're asking for post-ride information - if you're more looking for something to do fancy stuff during an active ride, maybe ignore this long post.

There are a bunch of GPS apps, but ...
  Topic: Wormhole OR WOT actually takes longer - you decide
trackpete

Replies: 19
Views: 1083

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:39 pm   Subject: Wormhole OR WOT actually takes longer - you decide
Maybe your speedo broke and you were really riding at 55MPH? ;x Or you got lost in the rain and took a previously unknown shortcut?

I think most likely is michelle_7728's hypothesis, that you conf ...
  Topic: whats the difference between these two spark plugs?
trackpete

Replies: 6
Views: 890

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:30 pm   Subject: whats the difference between these two spark plugs?
They are both using the same generic stock image for all/most of their plugs (do a search for plugs and you'll see). It's lazy but I can't imagine it really matters.

In other words, the picture doe ...
 
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